Davido, Lala Akindoju, John Ogu are among the celebrities on Twitter that led the backlash against Desmond Elliot, an actor-turned-politician, over his comment on social media regulation in Nigeria.
Elliot, who is representing the Surulere constituency in the Lagos state house of assembly, had earlier denied claims that he was pushing for a bill to regulate social media activities in the country.
But on Thursday, a video of the film star at a plenary session surfaced on Twitter, wherein he said there’ll be no Nigeria in five years if the vices of social media aren’t tackled.
His statement didn’t go down well with quite a number of Nigerians on Twitter, including prominent individuals — with Davido leading the bandwagon of users who lambasted the politician.
“Desmond Elliot just destroyed all the precious child hood memories he gave us in movies,” Davido wrote.
“Desmond Elliot called us all CHILDREN . Just imagine!!!!,” John Ogu, a Super Eagles star, wrote.
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— Davido (@davido) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot cancelled ❌
— PRAIZ #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY (@Praiz8) October 29, 2020Advertisement
Desmond Elliot tho… can’t trust anyone in politics Kai 🤦♂️ e fall my hand
— SKALES (@youngskales) October 29, 2020
Honestly I’m more than disappointed in Desmond Elliot. I’m so shocked. Anyway, we have been praying that God should expose the real state of mind of our leaders. Now we know how he really processes things. I pray the people he looks forward to representing in 2023 remember today
— Kemi Lala Akindoju (@lalaakindoju) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot you are canceledAdvertisement
— DREMO🔥🐉 (@Dremodrizzy) October 29, 2020
Desmond Missy, Oh Sorry !
Desmond Elliot who's your supplier?
You don buy big market o.
— DJ Neptune #NoBodyIconsRemix (@deejayneptune) October 29, 2020
Is this Desmond Elliot some kind of artist or what? Been seeing the name. https://t.co/ePy1lbNVa1
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot called us all CHILDREN . Just imagine!!!!
— John Ogu (@ogujohnugo) October 29, 2020
I can’t even forget😭😭😭😭I’m so disappointed I don’t know what to say to him cos I genuinely love him but truthfully the love is gone now and I will find it hard to forgive him.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 @DesmondOElliot I hope I can forgive you bro I hope so😭😭😭 https://t.co/SBSS49bT5R
— TOYIN ABRAHAM (@toyin_abraham1) October 29, 2020
— OSHOMAh (@JohnNetworQ) October 29, 2020
He did not even say a word about youths slaughtered at the #LekkiMassacre. Desmond Elliot has 1.5 million followers on Instagram. If in 1 hour’s time, he still has 1.5 million followers, I will accept that all he said about Nigeria’s youth is true#UnfollowDesmondElliot #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/AH8r2P2ECg
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) October 29, 2020
DESMOND ELLIOT FOR MAKE U SEE SAY…FAME NO BE SENSE..NEITHER IS MONEY #EndSARS
— Goget’em (@iamedem) October 29, 2020
I was here trying to give Desmond Elliot a benefit of doubt the other day especially with the way he quickly came out in a video to deny making such statement. I never knew his unfortunate is so unfortunate.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) October 29, 2020
The issue is not just having young people in government. Young people can be incompetent and clueless too. It's having competent people at the helm.
Look at Desmond Elliot for example.
You would expect he would teach the older generation and change the narrative.
— Aproko Doctor (@aproko_doctor) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot has chosen a side.
He is with the oppressors.
Go and get your PVC everyone, vote those that will be accountable to you and not those that will be accountable to godfathers.
— Concerned Nigerians (@ConcernedNIG) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot has only been a politician for 6 years, yet he has been consumed totally by the devil. This boy is just 46 years of age ooo, yet he’s referring to us as children. You no even use 15 years senior me 🤷🏻♂️ Kaa ragba fun wo ati awon to bi e pic.twitter.com/hAl5UIMxiV
— B h a d o o s k y (@BhadmusAkeem) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot is such a clown. The army shooting at peaceful protesters did not annoy him, what annoyed him was people showing their anger at the event. It’s amazing how these people suddenly become patriotic when they have access to all our wealth.
— No one (Pilot by Affidavit) (@ilynem) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot talking about pregnant women looting and not understanding the severity of hunger and poverty in the land that caused such a thing but using it to support his useless point is the most ridiculous thing. Is he actually this dense or is he acting a script?
— Tiaraoluwa (@TianaWithATiara) October 29, 2020
I just watched Desmond Elliot’s argument against social media & I’m too embarrassed to reshare such buffoonery. Such incoherent hullabaloo just to shut down the voices of Nigerians. Only thieves with demons to hide will prioritize social media over tonnes the problems we have.
— Ayò-Bánkólé Akíntújoyè (@AyoBankole) October 29, 2020
Despite how smart and intelligent Desmond Elliot sound in his movies, I would’ve never believed he’ll act and speak like an idiot when he becomes a politician. Sigh
— Tife🌚 (@tifefabunmi) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot will come back here and meet us ”his children” in 2023, by then we will remind him of everything he has done, from his plastic public toilet to his foolishness in the house. And we will show him that days of rigging yourself to power have been washed and sundried.
— Akeula Trendy™ (@akeula_trendy) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot wants us to “calm down” with the use of social media cos he thinks we’re demanding better governance because we’re hating on politicians,he’s not concerned about #LekkiMassacre but concerned about social media use absolute clown behavior
— Dehkunle of Africa 💧🐐 (@Dehkunle) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot went to State House of Assembly to instigate lawmakers against social media users, against celebrity and against influencers.
After that, he came out to deny it.
He lied on camera and they got the video evidence deleted from the website.
NEVER FORGET IT.
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧 (@DrOlufunmilayo) October 29, 2020
This Is why Patience Ozokwor never supports Desmond Elliot marrying any of her daughters in Movies
She knows him very well
— Trouble Maker 😒 (G.O) (@ObongRoviel) October 29, 2020
When Patience Ozokwor poisoned Desmond Elliot for no reason in one movie I watched, I was angry, not anymore though.
Now I understand what happened, She knew him before us.
— valking ♔ (@_VALKlNG) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot thinks he’s better than the hoodlums looting shops, because he wears agbada and cap to do his own looting? https://t.co/ncmBpLUnxs
— Somto Onuchukwu (@chosensomto) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot called us children 😂😂 na surulere people I blame.
— Dr PamPam | Omo Iya Ologi (@UnclePamilerin) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot is more concerned about Respect, The army shooting at peaceful protesters did not annoy him, what annoyed him was people showing their anger at the event.
— Famez Venom 👊🏽 (@Famezz_vv) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot and other politicians stopped supporting us since the day we demanded that their outrageous salaries should be reduced.
— Dehkunle of Africa 💧🐐 (@Dehkunle) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot is talking as if the attack on Oba’s palace was planned and scheduled on social media. Most of the COVID 19 palliative looters aren’t even on social media. He should just tell us the main reason he is actually pained cus it can’t be this.
— KING COLO🤴 (@CollinsKanuC) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot said "in the next 5 years there will be no Nigeria" because we are cursing our Elders who Massacred us at Lekki Toll Gate, kill us everyday not because our Leaders have looted the country dry & made Nigeria Hell on Earth.
— Odogwu🤴 (@Daddy_Noms) October 29, 2020
Please, who exactly was Desmond Elliot referring to as kids? We can take this disrespect from grandpas in power, not from some uninspiring actor in our age bracket.
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) October 29, 2020
I love the fact that Desmond Elliot will come online and see more negative comments and he can do nothing about it.
— Lamarr ❁ (@kinglamarrr___) October 29, 2020
Desmond Elliot wey join politics yesterday dey call us children, just imagine.
— Biyi The Plug 🔌 (@BiyiThePlug) October 29, 2020
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